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News in brief, October 7, 2023

Annual food bank appeal

Carterton Foodbank is having its annual food drive on Wednesday, November 1. Fire and Emergency NZ and other community groups will be collecting by visiting streets between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. This is a significant event for the food bank, which hopes to collect three to four months of food for the service. The types of food preferred are cans, cereals, pasta, rice, and similar non-perishable food items.

Extraordinary SWDC meeting

SWDC is holding a public-excluded extraordinary meeting on 12 October in the WBS Room, in Greytown town centre. The meeting will be closed to the public after a brief opening.

Bookshop Hop

Wairarapa’s best booksellers have organised a trail for booklovers this weekend. Collect an official Bookshop Hop map from any of the participating stores, receive a stamp on your map for each purchase during the Hop, and go in the grand prize draw to win bookshop vouchers. The participating stores are Featherston’s Chicken and Frog, Featherston Ferret, For The Love of Books, Messines Bookshop, Mr Feather’s Den, and The Dickensian Bookshop, Greytown’s Mrs Blackwell’s Village Bookshop, The Martinborough Bookshop, Carterton’s Almo’s Books, and Take Note, and Masterton’s Bear Flag Books & Retro, Hedleys Books, and PaperPlus. More information can be found at www.bookshopday.nz.

Holiday traffic

There will be multiple planned roadworks on SH2 over the coming days, especially on Remutaka Hill as slip repairs are completed. The school holidays also end this weekend, meaning there may be more traffic on the roads as families return from holiday breaks. Drivers are urged to factor this into their travel plans and allow for extra travel time, as well as look out for changes in traffic, road, and weather. The Remutaka closure on the Featherston side will be stop/start day and night from today to Friday.

Booklovers app

Featherston Booktown has developed the Booklover’s Trail App Te Ara Kai Pukapuka – the first app of its kind in NZ. The free download showcases 13 bookshops in the region, and their stories.

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